Principal clinical psychologist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pro rata
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trustare delighted to be developing a Community Rehabilitation Team across the trust footprint.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be a part of the Multidisciplinary Team as Principal Clinical Psychologist .Working in a flexible /hybrid approach the post holder will provideevidenced based care and play an an integral role indelivering a recovery focused serviceas part of a whole system approach.

The multidisciplinary team will provide specialist clinical care and work within an overall framework for the delivery of community mental health services to support people with complex psychosis who are living in funded placements, including care homes and supported accommodation. Incorporating the NICE guidelines for complex psychosis and supported by the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national program

Main duties of the job


A key function of the role is to provide a high level of leadership and specialist expertise with complex and or challenging cases within the secondary care pathways.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Role Summary:

As a Senior Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with substantial senior clinical experience and post-qualification training, the post-holder will provide a high level of leadership and specialist expertise with complex and or challenging cases within the secondary care adult Psychological Therapies Service. The Principal Clinical Psychologist will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to service users referred within the secondary care pathway and will be responsible for ensuring that referrals requiring psychological interventions are allocated to the psychological therapist with the most appropriate skills to deal with their care. The post holder may also be responsible for other aspects of Trust wide leadership depending on experience and interest.

Please find attached the job description and person specification.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate doctorate qualification in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a statement of equivalence.
  • Additional further training and qualifications in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. CBT, CAT, psycho-analytic therapies)
  • Extensive experience or specific training in supervision (including trainee clinical psychologists and other professionals within the MDT)
  • Current registration with Health Professions Council or Professional registration body.
  • Accredited membership of an appropriate psychological therapy professional body e.g.
  • BABCP accreditation
  • Successful completion of post-qualification training in a therapeutic modality (e.g. CBT, CAT) in addition to core training
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and/or neuro-psychological assessment tools.
Experience Essential
  • Proven experience working as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist.
  • Substantial experience of receiving supervision.
  • Post qualification experience of psychological assessment, intervention and management working with a wide range of clinical presentations. These should include complex long-term co-morbid physical health conditions and / or complex mental health conditions. Experience in undertaking line management of psychological therapies staff.
  • Experience of supervising psychological therapists (including trainees) and non-psychology staff.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of settings including community, inpatients and acute care settings.
  • Experience working within multi-disciplinary services in physical and mental health pathways
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological care and treatment as an autonomous practitioner with complex and challenging service users within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Training and CPD relating to working therapeutically in physical health
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience in developing research and development programmes within psychological therapy services.
  • Experience in teaching and training (trainees, psychological therapists, non-psychology staff).
  • Experience of providing group supervision to psychological therapists and / or non-psychology staff
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts.
Knowledge Essential
  • Well-developed theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of clinical and health psychology including specific difficult to treat groups
  • High level knowledge and experience of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis.
  • Highly computer literate, knowledge of software packages.
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health and psychological services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance and / or engagement
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professionals including medical staff and non-professional groups.
  • High level skills in providing complex clinical and professional supervision including medical staff
  • Keyboard skills and skills in using word-processing, e mail and internet software.
  • Ability to work independently on a day to day basis and use own initiative.
  • Ability to work towards agreed goals, reviewed regularly in management supervision.
  • Evidence of continual professional development as recommended by the appropriate professional body.
  • Commitment to quality improvement in psychological services through multi-professional evaluation and audit of psychological services
  • Ability to engage a range of professional and non- professional groups in co- operative working
  • To provide supervision, with a high degree of expertise, to other clinical staff working with health patients
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to sit in constrained position for client therapy and for computer work.
  • Ability to manage frequent periods of prolonged concentration in service users' sessions, meetings and during computing tasks.
  • Ability to move equipment (including casefiles, self- help materials, audio- visual equipment) between office base and other work settings
  • Ability to manage and work therapeutically with (distressed and potentially aggressive) patients in isolated settings (including domiciliary visits) without other team members being nearby and in accordance with the Trust Lone Worker Policy
  • Ability to work to professional guidelines
  • Record of having published research / reviewed academic, or professional journals and / or books
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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